Journal of the International Clinical Dental Research Organization

: 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 104--105

Dentistry without borders

Georgios Romanos 
 Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Director of the Unit of Laser Dentistry, Eastman Institute for Oral Health (EIOH), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA

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Georgios Romanos
Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Director of the Unit of Laser Dentistry, Eastman Institute for Oral Health (EIOH), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

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Romanos G. Dentistry without borders.J Int Clin Dent Res Organ 2010;2:104-105

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Today is an exciting time to be a dentist. Advancements in dentistry worldwide have been incredible in the last few years. New technologies, the tissue engineering, use of growth factors, implants and new biomaterials as well as the modern diagnostic methods allow a more effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases. All of these developments create opportunities for the future generation of dentists to establish different subspecialties of their interest.

Along with the developments in dentistry, great advancements in medicine and basic science research bring scientists together to work on their overlapping interests. It is not uncommon to see a young dental scientist working with a physicist on the development of a new laser, or a dentist working with a medical team on controlling and studying the effects of diabetes as well as many other systemic diseases. Dentistry is no longer the study of teeth and mouth, but is now a part of oral medicine.

There is a need to improve the scientific activities, to understand and support the clinical translational research, to develop hypotheses and models focused on the dental problems. The efficacy of the research methods in basic sciences and the wide spectrum of their applications present new opportunities in dentistry, without borders and limitations. Collaborations can be developed and various questions in dental fields can be answered.

The development of clinical trials to analyze the evidence of the different methodologies of therapy is the main goal for scientists and clinicians for a better, low-risk therapy, providing a predictable clinical outcome. These developments are described in the individual research centers and other institutions according to a transparent system of registration and ethical approval of the scientific protocols. Independent on countries, language, ethnic backgrounds, religion and race, the dental profession establishes a systematic methodology of advances in diagnostics and management of the oral medical problems without limitations.

Today, it is not only dentistry without borders but collaboration without borders. International conferences, publications as well as multicenter studies that allow for different scientists as well as people across the globe to come together and answer questions our predecessors have been trying to answer before us. It is truly an exciting time for all of us as well as the generation entering dentistry and dental research with endless possibilities.

The goals of the International Clinical Dental Research Organization (ICDRO) are to provide a "milestone" step in this direction and to make the difference for international activities and collaborations, to improve dentistry in a modern way, combining together all the disciplines.

I wish best of luck in the future for the ICDRO and I am looking forward to supporting the goals of this Organization.